Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Poetry Out Loud Event

The Arizona Commission on the Arts,
in partnership with Arizona State University’s
Young Writers Program and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing,
would like to invite you to attend

March 5, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library Auditorium
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Admission is free and open to the public.

11,000 high school students from across the state participated in the 2010 Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in partnership with the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University. Out of 24 student finalists, a state champion will be chosen to represent Arizona in the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest, taking place in April 2010.

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

In 2009-2010, Poetry Out Loud took place in the following Arizona communities; Avondale, Flagstaff, Glendale, Heber, Kingman, Maricopa, Nogales, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Sedona, Seligman, Tolleson, Tucson and Wickenburg. 150 Arizona teachers guided their students in increasing their public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about their literary heritage through Poetry Out Loud.

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